Jon Drops Reid has worked to mobilize dance community throughout his professional dance and administrative career. His dance work specializes in Bboy / Breaking battles, performance, education and choreography, but Jon has also been at the frontier of animating connections between a spectrum of dance communities and arts institution's membership, services, and resources.
As a dance artist, Jon is a member of the world famous Supernaturalz Crew and has garnered international battle championship titles in breaking competitions. In 2006 he co-founded Break It Down Dance Initiatives, inspiring young people through b-boy / b-girl dance education programs and producing a full-length presentation works. Recently he was teaching for a semester at a university in Beijing, China for Contemporary Music Academy (CMA).
Jon was the Dance Director for Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture for seven years. At Manifesto, Jon would develop Canada Pro National Championships and produced 3 years of The Toronto Floor Awards - celebrating urban dance artists. He also received the Community Artist of the Year Award from The Young Centre for the Performing Arts in 2013, and co-produced Battle for the North National Bboy Championship with the PANAM Games / PANAMANIA. In addition, Jon was a co-producer of World of Dance Canada (WOD), and also produced Keep on Dancing (KOD) Canada, an internationally recognized competition founded in China. Jon was previously Youth Outreach Coordinator at Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and Jon recently finished a 3-year contract consulting for Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (CAEA) as their Dance Outreach Consultant, opening access for independent dance artists as well as animating a dance artist rights campaign.
Jon is excited to lead national marketing and communications for Dancer Transition Resource Centre, working to further empowering dancers throughout their career with vital resources, and delivering meaningful supports for the well-being of Canadian dancers.